A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.29.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, Nos. 97-98 (June 25-28, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, Nos. 93-94 (June 28-29, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 122-123 (June 28-29, 2010)
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 1933, to direct the attorney general to make an annual grant to the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center to assist law enforcement agencies in the rapid recovery of missing children. 7/1/10, 9 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices
On 6/28/10, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the National Medical Support Notice, which is sent to employers of employee/obligors and used as a means of enforcing the healthcare coverage provision in a child support order. Comments are due 8/28/10. FR 36658.
Committee Action
The Legislative Branch Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will mark up draft legislation HR --, the Fiscal 2011 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill. 7/1/10, 9 am, H-144 Capitol.
Nominations
On 6/28/10, the Senate confirmed, by a unanimous vote of 80 yeas, the nomination of Gary Scott Feinerman, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
On 6/28/10, the Senate began confirmation hearings on the nomination of Elena Kagan, of Massachusetts, to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Hearings are scheduled through 7/1/10. Following the nominee’s testimony, ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary Chair Kim Askew and ABA First Circuit Representative William J. Kayatta Jr. will testify before the committee.
Notices
On 6/28/10, the National Institute of Corrections, Department of Justice, announced a solicitation of proposals from organizations, groups, and individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for an 18-month period to begin September 2010 focusing on the research needs of jails and a combined research agenda for prisons, jails, and community corrections. Applications are due 7/23/10. FR 36695.
On 6/29/10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed project entitled “Developing a Sexual Consent Norms Instrument,” which will develop a measure specific to consent norms for college students, late adolescents, and early adolescents so as to improve program evaluation efforts and potentially contribute to the understanding of effective prevention strategies for as well as the etiology of sexual violence perpetration. Comments are due 8/30/10. FR 37449.
Notices
On 6/29/10, the Social Security Administration announced a request for public comment on two submitted information collections, including the Application Status, which provides users with the capability to check the status of their pending Social Security claims via either the Internet or the National 800 Number Automated Telephone Service. Comments are due 8/30/10. FR 37517.
Bills Introduced
HR 5609 ( Hall, D-NY), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit any registered lobbyist whose clients include foreign governments which are found to be sponsors of international terrorism or include other foreign nationals from making contributions and other campaign-related disbursements in elections for public office; to House Administration. H4904, CR 6/28/10.
Bills Introduced
HR 5608 ( Markey, D-CO), to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to improve oil spill response plans; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H4876, CR 6/25/10.
Committee Action
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 5266, to extend the final report deadline and to otherwise reauthorize the National Commission on Children and Disasters. 7/1/10, 11 am, 2167 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will mark up draft legislation HR --, the Fiscal 2011 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill. 6/29/10, 3:30 pm, H-140 Capitol.
Bills Introduced
HR 5615 ( Bilbray, R-CA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the medical device tax; to Ways and Means. H4905, CR 6/28/10.
Public Laws
On 6/25/10, the president signed HR 3962 (PL 111-192), the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010.
Notices
On 6/28/10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed rule that would revise the Medicare conditions of participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals to ensure the visitation rights of all patients. Comments are due 8/27/10. FR 36610.
On 6/28/10, the Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury; the Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor; and HHS announced a request for public comment on interim final regulations implementing the rules for group health plans and health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets under provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act regarding preexisting condition exclusions and lifetime and annual dollar limits on benefits, rescissions, and patient protections. Comments are due 8/27/10. These interim final regulations become effective 8/27/10. FR 37187.
On 6/28/10, the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee announced several meetings through the month of July of its workgroups, including the Meaningful Use, Privacy & Security Tiger Team, and Nationwide Health Information Infrastructure Workgroups. All meetings will be open to the public via webcast; visit http://healthit.hhs.gov for more information. FR 36658.
On 6/28/10, the HIT Standards Committee announced 7/14/10 and 7/22/10 meetings via webcast of its Clinical Operations Vocabulary, Clinical Quality, Implementation, and Privacy & Security Workgroups. For information on accessing the meetings, visit http://healthit.hhs.gov. FR 36657.
Notices
On 6/29/10, CDC, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project entitled “Promoting HIV Testing Among Low-Income Heterosexual Young Adult Black Men,” which will elicit attitudes about HIV testing among a community-based sample of non-Hispanic black heterosexual men aged 18-25 who were recently arrested or recently released from jail or prison. Comments are due 7/30/10. FR 37445.
Committee Action
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Related Agencies Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will mark up draft legislation HR --, the Fiscal 2011 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill. 7/1/10, 10 am, 2358-A Rayburn.
Hearings
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will meet to consider S 3235, to amend the act titled “An act to authorize the leasing of restricted Indian lands for public, religious, educational, recreational, residential, business and other purposes requiring the grant of long-term leases,” approved 8/9/55, to provide for Indian tribes to enter into certain leases without prior express approval from the secretary of the Interior. 6/30/10, 9:30 am, 628 Dirksen.
Notices
On 6/29/10, the Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to a currently approved information collection, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Actions, which governs the filing of petitions to cancel the registration of a mark, extensions of time to file an opposition, appeals, and other papers filed in connection with inter partes and ex partes proceedings. Comments are due 8/30/10. FR 37380.
Hearings
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Navigating a Turbulent Global Economy: Implications for the United States.” 7/1/10, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.
Committee Action
The House Agriculture Committee will mark up HR 4645, to remove obstacles to legal sales of U.S. agricultural commodities to Cuba and to end travel restrictions on all Americans to Cuba. 6/30/10, 2 pm, 1300 Longworth.
The State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will mark up draft legislation HR --, the Fiscal 2011 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill. 6/30/10, 4 pm, H-140 Capitol.
Floor Action
On 6/25/10, the Senate passed S 3104, to permanently authorize Radio Free Asia.
On 6/25/10, the Senate passed S Res 566, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the situation in Kyrgyzstan.
Nominations
On 6/28/10, the Senate received the nominations of Harry James Franklyn Korrell III, of Washington, and Joseph Pius Pietrzyk, of Ohio, to be Members of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for terms expiring 7/13/11.
Committee Action
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will mark up several bills, including HR 4469, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for protection of child custody arrangements of parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation; and HR 4664, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for a one-year moratorium on the sale or foreclosure of property owned by surviving spouses of servicemembers killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. 7/1/10, 1 pm, 334 Cannon.
Notices
On 6/29/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Evaluation of Pregnant and Postpartum Women Program, which provides cost-effective and comprehensive residential treatment services for pregnant and postpartum women who suffer from alcohol and other drug use problems, and for their infants and children impacted by the perinatal and environmental effects of maternal substance use and abuse. Comments are due 8/30/10. FR 37445.
Bills Introduced
S 3542 ( Murkowski, R-AK), to create a fair and efficient system to resolve claims of victims for economic injury caused by the Deepwater Horizon incident, to establish a commission to investigate and report on corrective measures to prevent similar incidents, and to improve the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and federal oil spill research; to Finance. S5489, CR 6/28/10.
Hearings
The House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing titled “Recovery in the Gulf: What the $20 Billion BP Claims Fund Means for Small Business.” 6/30/10, 10 am, 2360 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will mark up several bills, including S 3305, to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to require oil polluters to pay the full cost of oil spills. 6/30/10, 9 am, 406 Dirksen.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will mark up several bills, including draft legislation HR --, the Oil Spill Accountability and Environmental Protection Act of 2010. 7/1/10, 11 am, 2167 Rayburn.
Floor Action
On 6/28/10, the Senate passed S 3249, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to reauthorize the predisaster hazard mitigation program.

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